Apartment Safety Tips
You’ve put time, effort and care into transforming your apartment into a special place that’s uniquely yours. But preparing your apartment isn’t just about hanging up pictures and arranging your living room — you’ve got to take steps to ensure it’s as safe and secure as can be. And we’re here to help. Take a look at our list of smart apartment safety tips you can easily implement in your space.
Apartment Security Tips for Peace of Mind
Keeping your apartment secure can be done without spending a lot of money. Follow these tips for a more secure apartment:
Reinforce sliding doors. If you have a balcony or porch with a sliding door, not only should you always have it locked, but use a rod along the tracks to reinforce its security.
Be smart about leaving windows open. It’s always nice to enjoy the fresh breeze from open windows, but be extra mindful to lock them up if you’re leaving the apartment or going to bed, no matter whether you’re on the first floor or above. Similar to bolstering your sliding door, find a rod that fits on the tracks of your windows for additional protection.
Meet your neighbors. Not only is knowing your neighbors convenient when you need a cup of sugar, but it’s a good idea to at least know who’s living in such close proximity to you. Don’t be hesitant to ask them questions about crime and security in the neighborhood. And if you leave for vacation, you can ask a trustworthy neighbor to help keep an eye on your place.
Get creative with hiding spots. There is such a thing as being obvious when hiding your valuables. Under the mattress, tucked in the sock drawer, a shoebox in the closet — these are all common places where thieves will look. Get clever and place things where people won’t think to look, like a cereal box or with your cleaning supplies. Just keep track of where you’ve hidden it! And, if you have a lot of cash laying around, get it to the bank right away. The same goes for other small valuables and sensitive documents — consider getting a lock box at your bank.
Close your curtains. Remember to close your curtains at night or when you’ll be away from home for a long period of time. This will keep people from sneaking a peak and eyeing up your valuables. It also prevents people from seeing that you aren’t home.
“Be home” even if you’re not. If you’re leaving your apartment, whether it be for the day or a number of days, leaving a lamp on, setting timed lights and having your T.V. on with the volume up all give the facade that you’re home — this could definitely help ward off potential break-ins.
Get a dog. If your apartment allows it, consider getting a dog to help deter intruders from entering your space. Even a small dog’s bark will make someone think twice about breaking in!
Smoke alarm safety. Your landlord should ensure your smoke alarm is in working order, but be extra cautious and test your smoke alarms every so often. A smoke alarm should be replaced every ten years. If yours looks outdated, talk to your landlord about updating it.
Use a fire-proof safe. A fire-proof safe can help keep valuables and important documents, like a passport, insurance documents, Social Security card and some jewelry, safe from theft, fire and other disasters.
Smart home safety. Even as a renter, you can enjoy the benefits of smart home technology. From internet-connected smart cameras to smart smoke detectors — both which can connect and send alerts to your phone — you’ll feel safer and more secure having some form of a smart tech system in your apartment. Get more details on smart home technology for renters to see how devices like these can help give you a sense of security whether you’re in your apartment or on the go.
Protect Your Apartment With Renters Insurance
One of the best ways to protect your apartment? Renters insurance. Having renters insurance gives you the protection you need and the peace of mind you deserve. It protects your apartment in a number of ways:
Protects your personal property. Renters insurance helps cover the cost to replace your belongings if they’re ruined from smoke damage, fire, theft or other unexpected incidents. You might think your landlord’s insurance covers your things under these circumstances, but actually, they aren’t responsible for covering any expenses apart from damages to their building.
Offers liability protection. Another feature of renters coverage is liability coverage. Liability coverage protects you if you’re responsible for injuries to guests or damage to your rental. It’ll help you pay for property damage, first aid, medical and court costs should an accident happen in your rental. No matter what steps you take to make your apartment a safe place, there are exposures that put you at risk if you don’t have the appropriate liability amounts in place.
Protects you on the go. Renters insurance even covers your personal property basically anywhere you travel. This means whether your destination is a short walk to a convenience store, a drive across town or a flight to the other side of the country, your renters insurance acts as an invisible shield around you and your possessions. Find out more about renters insurance on the go.
Make these simple safety adjustments and you’ll be taking the right steps to keep your apartment secure. There’s a lot you can do to stay protected at the place you call home — begin by talking to your American Family Insurance agent about adding renters insurance.
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